JAMsj E-News
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
September  2009 - Vol 2, Issue 4
In This Issue
Spirit of Japantown Festival
JAMsj 2009 Winter Boutique
Midori Kai Boutique
Hidden Internment
JAMsj Youth Fundraiser
JAMsj Book Club
Volunteer Opportunities
Community Calendar
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Featured Boutique Artisan
Emi Fukushima

Photo: Kimono - Emi Fukushima

Kimono pendant with bamboo on black cord

Emi Fukushima will have a booth at the JAMsj Winter Boutique. She has made many TV appearances on The Carol Duvall Show, a popular crafts show on the Home and Garden (HGTV) cable channel. She also writes for craft publications and travels widely to demonstrate her special techniques.

See the Winter Boutique article in this E-Newsletter.
Spirit of Japantown Festival

Spirit of Japantown

10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday, September 26, 2009
San Jose's Historic Japantown  map

For more info: Event Website

San Jose Japantown is one of the last three major Japantowns that remain in the United States. JAMsj will again be at this colorful festival that celebrates the diverse character of Japantown. Visit the festival website listed above for more information on all of the exciting activities, entertainment and exhibitions that will be featured at the festival.

JAMsj is sponsoring the Arts and Crafts section of the festival. If you are an artisan and would like a booth, the deadline for vendor registration has been extended to Sept. 6th. Visit the festival website to register.

At the festival, Warren Hayashi, a community leader and active Japantown advocate, will be recognized for his numerous contributions and will be awarded the  Spirit of Japantown award (see press release).

Pease contact June Honma at june@jamsj.org or contact the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138 if you would like to be a JAMsj volunteer for this event
JAMsj 2009 Winter Boutique

Image: Washi Paper Art by Michele Yamaguma

2009 JAMsj Winter Boutique
Saturday, November 14, 2009
9 am - 4 pm JAMsj Members
10 am - 4 pm General Public
San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin
640 N. Fifth Street, San Jose

Boutique Artist/Vendor List:  Event Website

It's not too early to think about shopping for the holidays! The 2009 JAMsj Winter Boutique will feature annual favorites including ceramic pottery, Japanese-style collages, clay jewelry, clothing and accessories, Japanese folk dolls, oil paintings, hand-crafted jewelry, toys, and many more unique items!

Donation Prizes: 1st Prize: $1,000; 2nd Prize: $500; 3rd Prize: $300.

Plus many more prizes provided by artisans and merchants
Winners need not be present at the time of the drawing.

JAMsj members have the added benefit of entering the Winter Boutique an hour earlier than the general public.  If you sign up to be a member at the event, you, too, can gain early entrance privileges.

Midori Kai Boutique
Poster: Midori Kai

Midori Kai Annual Boutique
9 am - 4 pm, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009
Mountain View Buddhist Temple

575 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA 94043

    For more info:
Event Website

Midori Kai, Inc., a non-profit professional business women's organization, will host their ninth annual  fundraiser boutique on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. Over 80 vendors will showcase unique Asian arts and crafts, jewelry, clothes, pottery, and food items. Come visit us at the JAMsj booth!

Proceeds will benefit the following nonprofit organizations:  Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj),  Asian Law Alliance (Dom
estic Violence Prevention Program), Yu-Ai Kai and the Ed Iwasaki Memorial Fund.
Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story

Poster: Hidden Internment
Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story

2 pm-4 pm, Sunday, September 13, 2009
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center
588 N. 4th Street,
San Jose, CA 95112

For more info: Event Website

The short film, "Hidden Internment: The Art Shibayama Story,"  features Isamu Carlos Arturo "Art" Shibayama, a local activist whose own life story reflects one of the little known facts about the internment period.  From December 1941 to February 1948, the U.S. government orchestrated and financed the mass abduction, forcible deportation and internment of 2,264 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry from 13 Latin American countries. The U.S. planned to use them as hostages in exchange for Americans held by Japan. Over 800 Japanese Latin Americans were included in two prisoner of war exchanges between the U.S. and Japan.

JAMsj's Joe Yasutake will lead a QA session with Art Shibayama after the film. JAMsj will also have some images of the Crystal City camp, where many of the Japanese Latin Americans were incarcerated, on display at this event.

JAMsj Youth Chevy's Fundraiser
Photo: Youth Logo

JAMsj Youth Fundraiser
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, September 12, 2009
Chevy's Restaurant
511 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110

Dine at Chevy's restaurant at 511 Coleman Avenue in San Jose on September 12 and Chevy's will donate 25% of the proceeds to the JAMsj Youth Group.  Download the fundraiser flyer here and present it at the restaurant between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm on September 12th to participate.

JAMsj Youth acts as a catalyst for youth by stimulating self and community awareness, creating and preserving arts and culture, and encouraging active leadership as it relates to the Japanese-American experience. Visit the JAMsj Youth website by clicking here.

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club: Color of the Sea
"Color of the Sea" cover

JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club

1:00 pm, Friday, September 4, 2009
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center
588 N. Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112

  Click here to go to John Hamamura's website.

Color of the Sea has also been selected as part of San Jose State University's Campus Reading Program. John Hamamura will be on campus for two free events on September 23rd. Click here for details.

"Color of the Sea takes the reader back to a painful moment in history when Japanese Americans were caught between two identities and the future of a nation hung in the balance.  Through beautifully written prose, artful imagery and achingly real characters, John Hamamura sweeps his reader away to a time in history that shook the world and a love story that will resonate long after the final page."
-- Asian American Press

The book club meets the first Friday of every other month and is always open to new members. Selections are chosen collaboratively at the end of each meeting and align with the JAMsj mission -- the celebration of Japanese American art, history, and culture. Books are readily available at San Jose public libraries. If you have questions, please contact Aggie Idemoto at (408) 268-4440 or aggie@jamsj.org.
Volunteer Opportunities

Photo: JAMsj volunteersAs we get ready for our grand opening, we will need many more volunteers to help with various activities. Help is desired in many different areas such as docenting, office and gift shop administration, website and E-News implementation, IT services, grant writing, exhibit and event preparation, videography and facility maintenance. Click here for more information about our exciting opportunities.

Museum Exhibit Design

JAMsj is currently is seeking volunteers interested in contributing to the planning of themed exhibits for the new museum.  This is a fantastic opportunity to personally contribute to the content of JAMsj's future exhibits! 

If your are interested, come to an information meeting to learn about the exhibit design plan and expectations:
    Thursday, Sept. 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
    Issei Memorial Building, 565 N 5th Street, San Jose

Museum Interior Display Construction

Are you handy with tools? We are currently looking for skilled volunteers who can help us build displays and exhibits for the new JAMsj.

Become a part of the JAMsj family as we enter this exciting period! Contact June Honma at june@jamsj.org or the JAMsj office at 408-294-3138.

Community Calendar
September 4, 2009: JAMsj/Yu-Ai Kai Book Club: "Color of the Sea"
September 11, 2009: San Jose Taiko Rhythm Spirit Concerts
September 12, 2009: Midori Kai Boutique

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Japanese American Museum of San Jose (JAMsj)
535 N. Fifth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Tel: 408-294-3138
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